Occupational Therapy New Zealand Whakaora Ngangahau Aotearoa


You can benefit from the difference you make!

Share your leadership skills and experience with others while growing and developing yourself:

  • pass on your expertise and learn best practices from others
  • develop leadership, governance and facilitation skills
  • increase your profile in the community of occupational therapy.

Think about:

Where the association is now → where it is going → what is needed to get there.

Good governance is about good performance, reputation, sustainability and durability. It is enabled by:

  • encouraging diversity of viewpoints
  • being knowledgably informed
  • seeking proactive future forward solutions
  • utilising advanced interpersonal communication skills
  • collective decision making.

Being a council member:

  • Council members are knowledgeable about the breadth and depth of occupational therapy and are able to articulate the vision, mission and  strategic plan of the association.
  • All council members take on a fiduciary responsibility to guide, monitor and uphold legal requirements associated with the finances of the association.
  • Each council member summarises and brings information which may impact on the association, and the profession, to the governance group (via environmental scan / discussion papers within council meeting / raises issues).
  • Each council members reads, prepares, participates and takes responsibility for items for discussion within each council meeting.
  • Each council member feeds back to association members and networks on progress made towards strategic goals and current issues as appropriate.
  • Council members are required to follow the relevant policies and procedures of the Association.
  • Some council members hold specific portfolios which will have additional task requirements.

Council member’s role as an association member:

Each council member is also an association member and may be asked to assist in facilitating a working party and/or engage in marketing and promotion tasks.

An OTNZ-WNA council member is reimbursed expenses associated with the role and is paid a small honorarium per meeting in Wellington (three times per year plus AGM). Meetings are usually scheduled for a Friday and Saturday.  Skype meetings and audio conference calls for committee positions (such as audit and finance or the Occupational Therapy Research and Education Trust) are additionally required.